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MEPs reach deal with governments on data roaming and net neutrality

Others Free movement of services / Information society30-06-2015 - 09:30

MEP negotiators clinched a deal in the early hours of Tuesday morning which will see a real end to all mobile roaming charges, guarantees for net neutrality and easy availability of clear information to consumers. (Read more: MEPs reach deal with governments on data roaming and net neutrality )

 

TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments

INTA External/international trade29-06-2015 - 18:24

International Trade Committee MEPs on Monday paved the way for a plenary vote on the European Parliament’s draft recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiators, by retabling the June plenary amendments which had been referred back for reconsideration. The committee took the decision in two separate votes –one to retable the plenary amendments, and the other to retable requests for split or separate votes. (Read more: TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendments )

 

Extraordinary Conference of Presidents convenes to discuss Greece

Others Institutions29-06-2015 - 17:42
Extraordinary meeting of the Conference of Presidents to discuss the latest developments concerning Greece with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  

Today the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) discussed the latest situation on Greece with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Conference of Presidents then discussed the situation further and adopted a position on the immediate next step that should be taken. (Read more: Extraordinary Conference of Presidents convenes to discuss Greece )

 

Transport Committee MEPs will discuss aviation safety with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky and the European Commission on Monday afternoon, after the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps in March. (Read more: MEPs debate air safety on Monday following Germanwings air crash in March )

 

Chinese Premier visits the European Parliament

Others Institutions29-06-2015 - 12:09
EP President Martin Schulz and  Li Keqiang, Premier of the People's Republic of China  

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the European Parliement in Brussels today where he was welcomed by President Martin Schulz. Following the meeting they had, Schulz tweeted it had been "a very useful meeting on security, climate, trade, investment and the euro zone". (Read more: Chinese Premier visits the European Parliament )

 

EP this week: Greece, TTIP, corporate tax, aviation safety

Others Institutions29-06-2015 - 09:50
Parliament building in Brussels  

The situation in Greece will be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the Conference of Presidents, made up of the EP President and the political group leaders, at 14.15 CET today. In addition MEPs vote on how to deal with the amendments that have led to the postponement of the TTIP negotiations and discuss European Commission plans on corporate taxes. Parliamentary committees will also discuss lessons to be learnt from the Germanwings tragedy in March and how to tackle hate speech. (Read more: EP this week: Greece, TTIP, corporate tax, aviation safety )

 

The European Commission’s weak response to the first EU citizens’ initiative (ECI) petition, on the “Right2Water”, could discredit the ECI system, warn Environment Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. It “lacks any real ambition and failed to meet the demands of the organizers”, they add. ECIs enable citizens to ask the Commission to propose laws in areas within its competence, if they can muster at least one million signatures from at least a quarter of EU member states. (Read more: Right2water citizens’ initiative: Commission must act, say MEPs )

 
EP President Schulz press statement at the arrival of the European Council meeting, 25 of June 2015  

EP President Martin Schulz said he hoped a compromise on Greece would be reached shortly, allowing the country to stay in the euro zone. Speaking at the start of the European Council on 25 June, Schulz said: “We are called upon to carefully weigh the risks and choose the path least likely to make citizens liable for a crisis they have not caused.” He said a deal should also pave the way for improving the sustainability of Greek debt. (Read more: Schulz on need for Greece deal: “We're called upon to carefully weigh the risks” )

 

Better Regulation: kick-off meeting on Interinstitutional Agreement

Others Institutions25-06-2015 - 15:57
EP President Schulz - Interinstitutional agreement on better regulation  

Negotiations on proposals to revise the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Regulation kicked off on Thursday with a meeting in the European Parliament between EP President Martin Schulz, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Latvia’s Prime Minister, Laimdota Straujuma, representing the current Council Presidency and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel for the incoming Council Presidency. (Read more: Better Regulation: kick-off meeting on Interinstitutional Agreement )

 

MEPs close deal with Council on seal products

IMCO Free movement of goods25-06-2015 - 14:56

Trading in seal products from hunts hitherto conducted to protect fishing stocks will be banned in the EU in future but the exemption for the trade in products derived from seal hunts carried out by the Inuit community will remain, under the preliminary deal struck by internal market MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs close deal with Council on seal products )